Ranjish Hi Sahi

Couple of days ago I felt like singing 'Ranjish Hi Sahi' the immortal ghazal sung and made famous by the legendary pakistani singer Mehdi Hasan Khan Sahib.

  I also felt like recording it and subsequently create another Music Video for posting on YouTube.

 I have about 34 or 35 videos posted on YT that were totally created by me at until this point in time...
The YouTube site is http://www.youtube.com/nilanjansarkar

And the particular song Ranjish hi sahi is at

Nilanjan (Neel) Sarkar


My Movie World ...when growing up ...

I grew up in India, in a middle class family.  My father was a doctor. An eye surgeon, but most of his life he worked for the Government of India at the Steel Plant Main Hospital in Bhilai.  My parents were very very strict about studies, traditional culture and arts, moral values like  honesty  , integrity and so on.... I was a REBEL in the family.  Movies were not really welcome in our house. I would always try to sneak and watch Bollywood or Hollywood movies.
My parents would take us to movies sometimes  and the average in the first few years of my life was approximately 1 or 2 movies per year !!
Being a rebel, when I turned 13 or 14 , I started going out on my own to watch movies.
Some of those first movies that I watched all by myself all engrossed and all "wow".   The first few movies as I can recall now are as follows.
Hum Kisise Kum Nahin in 1978 starring Rishi Kapoor  and to top it it was a musical primarily all my favorites in one package.... all R D Burman music with Kishore Kumar and  Lata Mangeshkar and Asha  Bhonsle and Md Rafi .
Muquaddar Ka Sikandar also in 1978 starring Big B i.e Amitabh Bachchan. This was the first Bachchan movie that I saw, immediately made me his fan.  The glamour the charisma the 'wow' !

To be continued .....

My Music - while growing up - childhood days

What genre can I call the music that influenced me while growing up......
OK let me think of what I recall of the music I would hear at home and around the community . They were - Hindi Film ( Filmi ) Songs or now known as Bollywood music, Bangla songs both Adhunik and Film ( will talk about these categorizations soon) , Rabindra Sangeet , Ghazals,  Hindustani Classical Khayal Thumri etc,  and some British and less of American folk and rock songs.

To be continued ....

Born in Bhilai ... where in the world is Bhilai ?

Where in the world is Bhilai ? Well today you can go to your web browser and Google Bhilai. But this was a question I was asked by folks like family members whom I would meet during holidays when I was in elementary school or 'Primary' school as we used to know it. As you can tell these were days before the Web. Before the Web Browser wars, before the Internet , even before Notebooks , Laptops or Personal Computers. Sounds like a long long time ago ...once upon a time...well  the time I am talking about is the  early 70s.
Well, forget about Internet or personal computers, we did not have a Television ! Really ?? Yes - there was no TV broadcasts in India during those days!  OK..now you know Bhilai is in India.  India is a conglomeration of different states and  the number of states keeps changing as the political parties and people's thinking keeps changing!
OK the state in which Bhilai exists was also non-existent when I was born. Bhilai was in a state of India called Madhya Pradesh, which has subsequently been divided and now the city belongs to the fresh newly formed state of Chhattisgarh.
Going back to the technology discussion, talking about TV , we did not have one untill most of our neighbors anf friends and family had TVs and that was in the early-mid 80s. Can you imagine it was nearly the end of my teenage years when we finally got a TV at home.

To be continued ...